Monday, March 26, 2007

I even sent someone to the hospital!


Still coasting along with Ubuntu. This is my 3rd month after abandoning Windows XP which leaves it's virus ridden carcass on my first partition. Right now I'm trying to find the best software for ripping DVDs. I've tried several including DVDisater, Acid Rip, DeVeDe, DVD::rip and Gnome Baker. I have tried to navigate each program looking for ease of use. So far DVDisater works with the least amount of trouble. However I haven't been successful with backing up my information from the hard drive to a blank DVD. I remain patient with Linux and the learning curve. But I could use advice on creating an ISO file.

Based on a great recommendation from a Linux pod-cast, I will be trusting my finances to open source software in the form of GnuCash, a program that runs much like MS Money or Quicken. Apprehensive to jump right in, I've had the same reluctance with Linux as jumping in the ocean in San Francisco. However, after three months or so, I'm already waist in.
I've learned how to handle a crash in Linux last week:

Alt + SysRq + B

If you’re not running any crucial, scheduled tasks or in the middle of composing a letter or an e-mail then this key combination may be the one to use. It will reboot the system immediately without bothering to sync or unmount disks.

Alt + SysRq + R

If you cannot get to a terminal window by using Ctrl + Alt + F2 then use this key combination (pressed altogether) to get a keyboard (this is because this key combination turns off what is called keyboard raw mode. Pressing these keys allows keyboard input even after your X-Windows session has crashed/frozen). Now, try Ctrl + Alt + F2 again and you can close down from the terminal. If that fails move on to the next option.

Alt + SysRq + S

This key combo does just what it says on the tin: it (S)ync’s all filesystems which reduces the possibility of loosing any data and possibly obviating the need for the system to run fsck upon reboot.

Alt + SysRq + U

As you might guess, this one tries to unmount disks and remount them as read only.

Alt + SysRq + O

Not so obvious, but this will power off your machine without syncing or unmounting disks (but it won’t reboot. See above).

If in doubt use a mnemonic

If you are not sure about the sequence to use or just can’t remember, why not use a memory aid like: Raising Elephants Is So Utterly Boring (REISUB) or Everything Is Superb (EISUB) or So Everything Is Unusual - Boot (SEIUB). If even that was too much effort for you, just do Alt + SysRq + H which will bring up a helpful list of the command above.

Yes, Linux does crash, but never as much as Windows in the hands of a power user .


We FUCKING WON YESTERDAY! This is our first game this season that we managed to pull out a win. From the sidelines (sigh) the crowd watched a real nail-biter as the Fog came from a 6 point deficit to lead the game. I am newly returning from a knee injury suffered in the Petaluma game. We partied hard, to the point where i don't know where my jacket is and I woke up with vomit on my bed. At least I made it home.

I played in the B side game with many opportunities to score that were in some way foiled. I had such a great time. I even sent someone to the hospital! I jumped into contact with another person who suffered a concussion. My hip is only starting to turn purple. I found out about his condition at the Pilsner. His teammates told the tale of him resembling a baby deer while trying to stand on his own two feet, wobbly and frail. I listened to this story while holding two shots of Wild Turkey, my drink of choice for shitfacery. This kid who I smacked hadn't returned from the hospital and had only started playing the sport few weeks earlier. Their coach took his shot and we all wondered if he would return to the rugby again.

Team photo: Final League match 2007


I am still waiting for Robert to make my necklace. The finished product can not be imagined easily. Robert has a challenge before him and I don't want to rush his process. The piece will be a motivating source for me as I collect my online pictures from rugby and the ones from my last photo shoot. I am missing some critical pieces for a complete portfolio. At least that's what I'm told. I'm putting some effort into this project without expecting too much.

A necklace and a euthanized political career aren't how I want to end this thing. I could definitely find some work in this city once I get my a few more people to rally on my behalf.

My first modeling gig.*

*Photos not up yet

Sunday, March 18, 2007

San Fancisco Fog Rugby

(Originally posted on my Myspace 4/20/06)

Q: How do you build a temple to God?

A: One brick at a time.

Our team builds its temple using the bricks that separate the gay and straight communities.

The San Francisco Fog is the sun in my solar system. I need adrenaline to keep sane; if the calamites of my life were my prison then games with the fog would be the yard-time.

One of my goals moving into the city was finding a rugby team to play with. I needed a circle of friends I can network with and can party as wild as me. My girlfriend saw a man with a rugby hat while working a shift at her coffee shop. She explained that her boyfriend was looking for a team to play for and the connection was made.

The fog is primarily for, gay men and men of color. Being half Filipino, I was accepted on a technicality. Actually, the inclusive nature of the fog was much more welcoming than my former college team (WSU). Always eager for talent, the fog was looking to build a dynasty.

The team is founded by a modern American hero. Mark Bingham was on United flight 93 and helped stop the terrorist from reaching their target by rushing the cockpit along with other brave soles. He started the San Francisco Fog with a few dedicated people who may or may not have ever played rugby before. Their first years were the hardest and I sympathize with them, getting whooped on and not having players one the bench to substitute is a demoralizing situation to overcome.

In honor of his death, the International Gay Rugby Association and Board (IGRAB) was formed and put together the first international gay rugby tournament in San Francisco. The Fog has been the champions of this bi-annual tournament since in inception in 2002. The third Bingham Cup is set to take place this May.

As a straight man on a gay rugby team, I take audit of my heterosexuality. I live like the boy in the book, Where the Wild Things Are, having found my place among the wild beasts. For a rugby player, this feels like home. As a straight man, I feel like a caged parrot freed to into the hazards of a wild jungle.

All the people who support the team our like family to me and we are as diverse as the bay area itself. I know lawyers, career coaches, nurses, gardeners, minor league rugby players; even my insurance agent is on the team.

Over time the Fog has become more and more competitive. I would really like to win more games. We keep building on our strengths every year and this year we defend the Bingham Cup again - a first time for me. I wont let my guys down.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Straight in SF?

Robert got the tags.
He only needed one.
The other is around my neck.
it's meaning just begun.

Yes, I live in San Francisco. No, I'm not crushing on Robert.

Welcome to San Francisco!

Wearing dog tags as fashion? Citizen solder? sure.

The dog tag display
          • Name
          • Age
          • Sex
          • Blood
          • Birth


Meaning: Free will; sketched in Soc 101 while discussing free will.

Purpose: Payment for modeling. Replace a dog tag purchased at Reggae on the River. to help Mark the nameless civilians and the solders taking on a global war. May we all learn how to kneel; myself included.

Last Tag line today:
Prepare your work outside, and get things ready for yourself in the field. Afterwards, build your house.

Shouts to WSU, SF, the Fog


Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The Real Me

A little about my day, so as to break the ice. Tonight I am going to an alcohol abuse class as instructed by the San Francisco Municipal court. But, before my class begins, I am making a custom dog tag to be placed on a handmade necklace. The necklace was payment for the jewelry modeling I did a couple months ago.

Ok, thats a good place to start. More to come.